Fall Waterbird Count: Week 3

Waterbird migration was particularly stagnant for most of this week. Calm winds, and a lack of storm fronts pushing through the area, has resulted in a string of slow count days.

Merganser flocks are starting to appear in higher numbers, with Common Mergansers the most frequently observed. Small groups of Red-breasted Mergansers and the occasional Hooded Merganser have also been sighted.

Shorebird diversity in the Straits seemed to have peaked in early September, most notably on the 4th after strong overnight storms. 

With inclement weather in the immediate forecast, waterbird activity is bound to pick up. The upcoming week should offer some exciting count days. 

Hooded Merganser w/ Common Mergansers – Graham Point 09/04/2022

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